As many as 100,000 civil servants are set to go on strike this week with thecourt system, passport control, benefits offices and pensions all facingdisruption. Members of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) have voted infavour of industrial action in five government departments after being offeredbelow-inflation pay rises. Department for Work and Pensions and Prisons Service staff have alreadyindicated that if there is no prospect of a negotiated settlement, they will goahead with strike action on 29 and 30 January. At the time of press, senior union officials in the Department forConstitutional Affairs, the Home Office and the Treasury Solicitors Office,were meeting up to decide what action to take following the outcome of theballots. PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka, said: “This is not a decision ourmembers have taken lightly. We have come up against increasingly belligerentmanagement in a number of departments who seem hell-bent on driving down pay. “We are not talking about runaway pay increases,” he adds.”We are talking about money which is there, money that can start to dealwith the endemic problem of low pay in the civil service.” Previous Article Next Article Civil servants set to rebel over below inflation pay offerOn 27 Jan 2004 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.